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HR ListenIn Podcast: Gender Pay Gap Reporting – a ...

On 6 April, new legislation comes into force which requires employers with more than 250 employees (and note, “employee” is widely defined!) to report on the gender pay gap within their workforces. To accompany their recent HR Forum event on this topic, Dom Holmes and Scott Glacken discuss the ...

Gender Pay Gap Reporting: Five things employers need ...

With new gender pay gap reporting obligations set to come into force next month, employers are turning their attention to how they will comply with the new regime. Dominic Holmes, Partner at Taylor Vinters, outlines five key things employers need to consider.From 2017 and each subsequent year, an employing ...

ListenIn: Top Tips for a Successful MIPIM Trip

With the MIPIM conference coming up next week, in this latest podcast Paul Olliff went to meet James Coulling, Director from Aston Rose and Brookgate Securities about what makes a successful MIPIM trip.

Tech collaborations and managing people – six steps ...

Article by Patrick Farrant For tech firms seeking to expand their business, new partnerships and collaborations are an inevitable part of that growth path. Although these partnerships can take various forms, they have one essential thing in common and that’s people.Whether you’re seeking ...

Criminal Conviction for Data Theft

When faced with a departing employee, a key concern for all employers is that the employee will take valuable and confidential business information in order to use or (perhaps more accurately) misuse it in their next role. Preventing and managing the potential misuse of such information can be challenging ...

Green Leases – What Why How

In this video, Keven Fehmi from our commercial real estate team discusses green leases – specifically what is a green lease, why do we need green leases, and how are green lease provisions dealt with.

Subject Access Requests: Words of Comfort for Businesses ...

The RightIndividuals have the right to access their personal data, which can be done via a subject access request (SAR). The Court may also order compliance with an SAR in the event a data controller refuses to comply with an SAR, at first instance, and the individual makes an application to the Court. ...

HR ListenIn Podcast: The Future World of Work

With the rise of the gig economy and the increased use of flexible, short-term working arrangements, the way businesses meet their resourcing requirements is changing. In this podcast, Dom Holmes and Scott Glacken discuss how our current employment law system could be adapted to meet the challenges ...

Brexit gets the go-ahead…and so does the GDPR

The message from British politics last week was that Brexit is on and consequently, businesses need to be prepared. That includes recognising the risks of a data protection breach and the potential financial or reputational implications under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)…or its ...

Lawyers: what you need to do in 2017

Matt Meyer, Chief Executive of Taylor VintersIn 2017, the legal sector will not be immune from the growing forces of socio-political change, though with these challenges come opportunities for those willing to let go of the existing paradigm, innovate, invest and adapt.More risk, more volatilityOne thing ...

ListenIn Podcast: Office to residential conversions ...

In this latest podcast, Paul Olliff talks to property developer Oliver Mason of Magna Asset Management.Paul and Oliver discuss the emerging trend of converting office space into residential units whilst also considering the views of the Major of London, Sadiq Khan.

TalkTalk’s data breach by teenager sends strong warning ...

The revelation that a teenager was responsible for causing a multi-million-pound data breach at TalkTalk sends a clear message to all businesses - failing to take a proactive approach to cyber security, risks huge financial and reputational consequences.The 17-year-old boy responsible for the data breach ...

HR ListenIn Podcast: Personal data in a digital world ...

Businesses are giving greater importance to personal data and its protection. Some high profile big data breaches have hit the headlines in recent months, with new legislation set to introduce greater data privacy obligations on employers and significant penalties for getting it wrong.In this podcast, ...

ListenIn Podcast: Brexit 6 months on… what has been ...

Back for another edition of our ListenIn podcast series with Paul Olliff, Senior Associate from Taylor Vinters who has been speaking with Barry Thomson from Alexander Reece Thomson. In this latest podcast, Paul and Barry discuss the impact of Brexit on the UK real estate market 6 months on from ...

Where Now for Post-Brexit Science and Technology Funding? ...

Article by Patrick FarrantBritain’s science and technology community, one of the largest recipients of European Union (EU) research funding, was stunned following June’s controversial ‘Brexit’ vote. As an engine for UK innovation, making a considerable socio-economic contribution to the ...

Start-ups – three key steps to protect your IP

Within the last 11 years, there’s been a 167% increase in investment in intangible assets protected by intellectual property (IP) rights. For entrepreneurial businesses and start-ups, this investment is essential.If you’re starting a new business venture and have an idea that could shake up your ...

Rejection of an Employee’s Subject Access Request ...

Employers be warned: failure to respond properly to a subject access request (“SAR”) can lead to a finding of unfair dismissal.Dealing with a SAR can be challenging enough. It can become even trickier where the employee (or former employee) may be making an SAR on a ‘fishing expedition’ as a ...

Changes in charity fundraising rules: what trustees ...

On 1 November 2016, the rules on charity fundraising changed in two important ways: Fundraising agreements between charities and commercial organisations are now subject to stricter rules.Larger charities (those with an income over £1m) are now required to explain their fundraising practices in their ...

Notes from the frontline: AI transforming contract ...

Artificial intelligence (AI) is driving rapid change in the legal sector, resulting in not only efficiencies but sparking entirely new business models that challenge convention.What AI means for LegalFrom an AI robot through to new computer platforms, the technology is continuously evolving but is primarily ...

Sky to invest in drone racing

This article was first published on Lexis®PSL on 29 September 2016.IP & IT analysis: Sky has recently announced that it will invest in the emerging sport of drone racing. Peter Lee, consultant at Taylor Vinters LLP, and Nick Smallwood, trainee at the firm, explain the background to this development ...

“I spy”…the Met unlawfully snooping on its employee ...

Employers beware: following a recent ruling, if you unlawfully access, use and disclose an employees’ personal information you risk prosecution in the civil courts. In a recent case where the Metropolitan Police accessed personal information unlawfully, they were found to be in breach of both the ...

Not all innovators are disruptors - Why we should embrace ...

What we think we know about innovation is completely wrong. That is the conclusion of Clayton Christensen, the man who coined the term ‘Disruptive Innovation’ in the 1990s – and here at Taylor Vinters, we couldn’t agree more.Not only is ‘disruptive innovation’ in danger of buzzword over-kill, ...

What does TalkTalk’s cyber security breach tell us? ...

In the run up to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that comes into force in all EU Member States in May 2018, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has sent a strong message to industry boardrooms. The ICO has issued a record fine of £400,000 to TalkTalk for its failure to have in ...

Five attributes our most innovative clients have

Once a buzzword, innovation has rapidly moved up strategic agendas. For some businesses, being innovative remains an aspiration, but for others it’s at their heart and the driving force behind growth and success.Working with innovative and entrepreneurial people and businesses, we get to see first-hand ...

Is overseas investment in UK property experiencing ...

Since the Brexit vote, we’ve seen the share price of UK property developers drop and overseas UK property investors take stock as they wait to see what happens. But with signs that the market is now settling, what does this mean for overseas investment in UK private real estate?Despite the uncertainty ...

EU-US Privacy Shield – 1 Month On

Not so long ago…In October 2015, the European Court of Justice held that the Safe Harbour framework (which had facilitated data transfers for the last 15 years) was contrary to EU privacy law. Consequently, Safe Harbour can no longer be relied upon to ensure the safe transfer of personal data ...

Why we incubated our own tech spin out – and you ...

Rewind 10 years and the legal services market was very different. Put simply, clients came to law firms for legal knowledge and process execution. The measure of a good lawyer was how much risk they could exclude for their client.But then things started to change.Clients increasingly saw that avoiding ...

The Brexit effect – expert insights into how businesses ...

It may be several months or even years before we see the true impact of Brexit, but the effects are already being felt across a number of sectors. Although some businesses remain positive but cautious, others are starting to feel the possible blight of our historic decision.Two months after the vote, ...

Key UK employment rights & HR processes for new businesses ...

Article written by Razia Begum and Lewis EwersIt is widely reported that more than 50% of all new UK businesses fail within the first 5 years. It is also our understanding that complying with employment laws and regulations and putting in place good human resource practices, from the outset of developing ...

Bringing your business to Australia

An educated, multi-cultural workforce and a transparent, well-regulated business environment are some of the reasons why investors and businesses choose Australia to grow their operations.For expanding technology companies, the Australian market is particularly attractive, offering a highly connected ...

Launching a business in Southeast Asia – what you ...

For any organisation looking to do business in Asia Pacific, it is difficult to ignore Southeast Asia. Hailed as the world’s greatest emerging economy, it continues to be a focus for investors and multinationals seeking to gain from its enormous population (over 620 million people) and the increased ...

Why post-employment restrictions are a good thing for ...

Article written by Dominic HolmesThe Government has recently announced that it is seeking views on whether “non-compete” clauses are stifling innovation, by preventing entrepreneurially-minded individuals from leaving employment to set up their own business.As an employment lawyer who spends ...

The New General Data Protection Regulation

What You Need To Know – May 20161. Introduction In April 2016, after several years of negotiations between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Ministers, the European Parliament formally ratified the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), the first major ...

7 tips for setting up a business in South East Asia ...

1. South East Asia is made up of 10 different marketsEven though everyone is talking about “ASEAN” as one single market and the seventh largest economy globally, the reality is - it is not yet operating in this way.When looking at South East Asia for new opportunities, you need to look at the ...

New gender pay gap reporting obligations on employers ...

The gender pay gap is not the same as equal pay; it is a term used to describe the difference between the average pay of men and women within a company. It reflects not just whether men and women are receiving equal pay for equal work, but also whether women are employed within the higher paid, senior ...

How to handle purchase of own company shares

Where a company purchases its own shares, it is commonly referred to as a share buyback. A share buyback may be desirable for example where an existing shareholder wishes to sell some or all of their shares and the other shareholders are unable or unwilling to purchase them.For a company to buy back ...

A black day for the London Taxi Corporation

Close your eyes and picture one of London’s iconic black cabs. The chances are that the image that pops into your mind will be a TX model manufactured by the London Taxi Corporation (LTC).Hoping to stop a competitor (Metrocabs) from bringing a somewhat similar looking vehicle to market, the LTC recently ...

The Rise of the Silicon Savannah

Article written by Geoff Dragon"Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not" (George Bernard Shaw). For years the “developed” world has looked down upon Africa and meditated on why things are as they are; all too often neglecting to notice that ...

The potential uses of blockchain technology in healthcare ...

Bitcoin, a “failed experiment”? But what about blockchain?On 14 January 2016 Mike Hearn, a leading Bitcoin developer, declared the crypto-currency a “failed experiment”. Mike left Bitcoin, sold all of his remaining Bitcoins and blockchain technology (once again) hit the headlines. Why do we care? ...

EU rewrites book on dispute resolution for online sales ...

Took them years to write, have you had a look?Is your company established in the EU? Do you sell goods, services or digital content to consumers online? If so, you must comply with the EU’s new Online Dispute Resolution Regulations. The Regulations, which come hot on the heels of the Consumer Rights ...

Discretionary Trusts - do they provide effective asset ...

Discretionary trusts are frequently used as part of an overall estate planning strategy to provide asset protection because they create an effective barrier between the trustees and beneficiaries. A discretionary trust is a trust under which no beneficiary has an automatic right to the trust’s income ...

Key considerations for e-commerce business owners in ...

The rise of E-commerce in Asia Pacific (APAC)E-commerce in Asia Pacific is expected to grow by 20% annually until 2018, surpassing North America in terms of B2C Sales. Faced with slowing growth in their home markets, international brands and retailers have started to look towards Asia’s fast growing ...

Know your buyer

Selling up can be the most rewarding stage of your company’s journey – and getting the best deal requires recision planning united with tactical insight. So, when you start a proactive marketing and sale process for exit strategies, it is crucial to have a good understanding of how your potential ...

Beyond the clouds... What are your digital assets worth? ...

From Shakespeare’s quotes to cloud-based belongings, we live in an ever-increasing world of transition – one where the time-honoured tradition meets hard-core terms and conditions. Gone are the days of simply leaving physical assets to beneficiaries in your will: most people now hold an increasing ...

The data theft effect

It is widely acknowledged that the risk of a cyber attack affects all companies, large or small, and there is growing realisation that cyber security is not simply an IT matter and that cyber-attacks are not simply attacks on technology. Rather, they are attacks on people, processes and technology; therefore ...

London property - secure and safe

London property is a major attraction for investors in Singapore – but what makes it so attractive? London, a truly international city, continues to be hugely attractive to overseas investors. Its outstanding cultural, educational, leisure and retail resources are second to none but it’s clearly ...

The price of convenience

Do you remember when the transition happened from using technology as some mere tool confined to the workplace to it becoming a convenient tool that we carry around all the time? It didn’t happen overnight but in that period of transition we gradually enabled the erosion of our privacy by silently ...

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